Four years ago, Skyview Charter School eighth-grader Vivian Cook and a handful of fellow students formed The Green Team to promote recycling and help the school Go Green.
Today, that message is the theme of an award-winning video.
To view the Green Team's award-winning video, visit www.skyviewschools.org, click on the middle-school link and select Green Team Video.
The Green Team helped other students understand "what was recyclable and what was trash," Cook said.
During its second year, the Green Team members created Green heroes, who participated in school assemblies promoting recycling.
This year, the Green Team decided to make a video for the school's website featuring the Green heroes and villains.
The two-minute video features the heroes battling the villains who have thrown trash on the ground. The heroes use green lasers to teach the villains the importance of recycling.
At the end of the battle, the Green Team tells viewers the importance of recycling and how they can help, said eighth-grader Courtney Frasior.
Skyview Operations Manager Dianne Jacobson told the students the Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance was sponsoring a statewide "Green Arizona" video competition. The competition encourages problem solving and creative thinking about environmental issues in both youth and adult categories.
"We entered as a school and won," said eighth-grader Ian Dokie.
The students won $1,000 total, $700 of which goes to the school and $50 to each of the six Green Team members.
The Green Team developed for the video during a three-month period. They worked on it on Mondays and Wednesdays during as part of the school's community service requirement.
Seventh-grader Madeline Tilyou is the youngest member of the green team.
Making the video, she said, "Was fun. The best part is the money obviously. The filming was cool."
The school will add the $700 to the money it has already saved to build a greenhouse on campus.
According to Tilyou, the school has saved $2,000 for the greenhouse, which will cost about $3,000.
The Green Team members -Cook, Dokie, Frasior, Jeff Cedro, and Tilyou - had a final message: "Remember the 5 R's of going green: rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot."